May 8, 2013

College Council Chair James Lytle to Address Center for Distance Learning Graduates

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin to Represent the Board

James Lytle

James Lytle

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – May 8, 2013) The Center for Distance Learning of SUNY Empire State College today announced that James Lytle, president of the Empire State College Council, will deliver the commencement address at the center’s 2013 graduation.

Trustee Eunice Lewin also will attend graduation, bringing greetings and congratulations on behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees.

The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at the Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

About James Lytle

Lytle, president of the College Council, is a partner in the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips and oversees the firm's Albany office. His practice focuses on health-care law and regulations. He served in the Gov. Mario Cuomo administration as assistant counsel for health and human services. Lytle holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.


SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin at addresses the college community at the 2012 Student Academic Conference Student Art Competition.

Trustee Lewin at the college's 2012 Student Academic Conference

About Eunice Lewin

Since 1979, Lewin has been employed as a bilingual social worker for the committee on special education at the Buffalo Board of Education. She began volunteering at Buffalo Catholic Charities in 1976 and was employed there for three years as a social worker.  Lewin also was employed at the Erie County Department of Social Services in the Division of Child Protection.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in the state of New York and online. Its 66,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more. More information about the college is available here.


Media contact: David Henahan, director of communications

518-587-2100, ext. 2918

518-321-7038 (after hours and on weekends)

Graduation contact: Janet Aiello-Cerio

518-587-2100, ext. 2534